Sugar Crusted Meltaway Cookies

Valerie Johnson


This is my favorite holiday/special occasion cookie and it is DELISH! Everyone with whom I've shared these cookies loves them.

My personal variation to this recipe is to add 1 tablespoon of orange liqueur or triple sec to the orange juice. I also use mini-chocolate chips.

This recipe comes from the Pillsbury Bake-off Cookbook (1984), 31st Bake-Off contest.


★★★★★ 1 vote

about 3 dozen cookies
25 Min
20 Min


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1 Tbsp
grated orange peel
1/4 c
orange juice
1/4 c
granulated sugar
1/8 tsp
3/4 c
butter, softened (or margarine)
1 Tbsp
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1 3/4 c
all purpose flour
6 oz pkg
semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 c
finely chopped nuts
granulated sugar (for rolling cookies)

How to Make Sugar Crusted Meltaway Cookies


  • 1Heat oven to 325 degrees
  • 2In small bowl combine orange peel and orange juice; set aside.
  • 3In large bowl cream 1/4 cup sugar, salt, butter, water and vanilla.
  • 4Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Stir in flour, chocolate chips and nuts; mix well.
  • 5Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  • 6Bake at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until firm to touch. Remove from cookie sheets; cool completely.
  • 7Strain orange juice mixture. Dip cookies in orange juice; roll in sugar. Allow to dry to form sugar shell.

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Course/Dish: Cookies
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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